Mr. McDonald to Mr. Olney.
Teheran, Persia, April 27, 1896. (Received June 4.)
Sir: I am glad to be able to send a denial of the alleged horrible massacre of Armenians and Jews at Van, reported in my No. 235 by ——— ———, of ———. From the same source I am now informed that the report was a huge exaggeration, and has dwindled from 22,000 to four! Perhaps this is a sample of the truth of other like rumors.
Herewith I also beg to send a translation of a copy of a note from the Sadr Azem on the same subject, omitted inadvertently from my No. 235.
I have, etc.,